CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

The Not-So-Great War

Healthcare Policy Battles Have Been Waged For a Century Now—And They Still Rage

Sociologist and healthcare policy expert Paul Starr, author of Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform, opened his talk on America’s seemingly endless healthcare war on a somber note. “The United States stands out in healthcare in several unhappy ways,” he began, pointing out high costs and a growing number of people without health insurance. “We’ve also been fighting over this issue for nearly a century. In no other western country are there such persistent, basic, bitter divisions over the question of whether there should be …

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